talkSPORT host Adrian Durham made a passionate plea for Jurgen Klopp’s concerns over player welfare to be listened to.
The Liverpool boss took aim on television bosses amid the rise of injuries in the Premier League.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to shorter breaks between games for top six clubs with the Reds taking on Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday, before travelling to Brighton for an early 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday.
An irate Klopp, who has lost Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita to injury in recent weeks, said: “It’s not only about us.
“It’s about all the players, England players, players who play next summer in the European Championship.
“Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing Wednesday and Saturday at 12.30pm, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players.
“All the top six or seven, but I know you don’t care.
“It’s really difficult for the players, that’s what is difficult. The rest is just a decision on a desk in an office. That sounds not difficult for me.
“People tell us to rotate – who? We have offensive players to rotate, yes, the rest are kids.”
Durham called for the Liverpool manager to be listened to and that we should be caring more about the players and their welfare.
He told Tuesday’s Drive: “At a time where we’re actually trying to look after footballers 50 years too late in terms of dementia, in terms of player welfare and player health, I think maybe Jurgen Klopp should be listened to.
“I think we are lucky to have Jurgen Klopp in this country so we should perhaps listen to what he is saying.
“It’s not about him earning a load of money out of the game. It’s not about him having the hump about something. It’s about Jurgen Klopp saying in this particular season, where there was very little pre-season and very little turnaround from last season, where there’s still a whole load of international games being played where there’s a truncated season with lots of matches being played in a short space of time.
“Is it right we are asking Champions League clubs to play on a Wednesday night and then 12.30pm on a Saturday in this particular season?
“I think he’s got a great point. In this particular season, bearing in mind there’s been a pandemic that’s affected the whole world and some of those players are travelling around the world playing international football, what we have to do is have a look at these players and ask, could something be done about it?
“It doesn’t have to involve money or anything like that, could something be done about it or should something be done about it?
“Klopp’s concerns are twofold; player welfare and the quality of the football on show. Is anyone bothered about that by the way? The quality of the football on show.
“They are being asked to do too much and Jurgen Klopp is here for a reason. He’s in this country plying his trade entertaining us royally with the football teams he puts out and he cares about his players.
“Why aren’t we listening for Jurgen Klopp instead of listening to people who say ‘woah they get paid lots of money so they shouldn’t have any say in it whatsoever’.
“Let’s care about the players, let’s care about the product as well. Isn’t that important?”